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Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  669 ratings  ·  133 reviews
How to Stop a Wedding

Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man—particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously, she writes and distrib
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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About to be married and deeply in love, Lily and Devon never thought anything would come between them, but through scheming and lies, Devon's father and Lily's parents split them apart leaving their hearts broken and their spirits bitter.

It's five years later and Lily is the newly widowed Lady Merrill. Her husband has left her destitute and although she works to hide her financial trouble, keeping a roof over her and her sisters head is growing harder. Meanwhile, D
Was in the mood to read this one, but that passed quickly. Didn't want to spend more time with these characters and had no hope it would get better.

- We start with very awkward intro - the heroine decides to tell pertinent background info to her dog. Whenever characters spontaneously start spouting exposition in an empty room, the author is right there. Pulling the strings. Illusion broken. Ergh.

- Hero enters, angry. They bicker. Squabble, even. Any infantile description will do. Not pre
This was a very engaging, delightful debut! Five years ago Lily and Devon fell in love and were determined to be together until Lily believed Devon left her and, in turn, Devon thought Lily left him for a wealthy earl and had led him on a merry chase. Now widowed and penniless, Lily sees an announcement for Devon and his newly betrothed wealthy heiress, Lily decides to pen a scandalous pamphlet that scares off Devon's fiancee. Knowing Lily is behind this act, Devon confronts her and tells her he ...more
The first book in the Secret Brides series by new author Valerie Bowman. Lily Andrews was ready to marry Devon Morgan about five years ago but he broke her heart. When she saw the announcement of his engagement, she felt obligated to warn the girl. So she wrote the scandalous pamphlet "Secrets of a Wedding Night", anonymously, of course. Devon Morgan is sure that Lily Andrews is behind the pamphlet that causes his fiancee to break off their engagement. He doesn't understand why she rejected him ...more
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This book was an utter delight. From the first page to the last, Miz Bowman caught my attention and I just could not stop reading. I loved her voice and the way she developed her characters. I loved the way Lily and Devon interacted with one another. There was just so much sparks and passion brewing between them, and when they finally came together it was explosive and I loved ever moment of it.

Five years ago both Lily and Devon were in love a
Valerie Bowman
Aug 31, 2014 Valerie Bowman added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book with the tropes of a virgin widow and a plot based on a misunderstanding with great glee and a wink and a nod to the old-school romance novels that I absolutely adore!
Five years before, Lily Andrews and Devon Morgan were utterly devoted to one another and on the verge of running off to Gretna Green to marry. But two traitorous, false notes and three heinous parents join forces to thwart their love. As in many tales of love and poverty, money is at issue. Both their fathers gambled away their fortunes and need to wed their offsprings to spouses with money. Lily marries a much older man and becomes Lady Merill. She’s widowed almost immediately thereafter. Devon ...more
What a charming read!! When his fiance breaks their engagement after reading a shocking pamphlet regarding wedding nights, Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, just knows the anonymous author can be none other than Lily Andrews, the young woman who jilted him five years ago. While he’d prefer to never see her again, he must do so if he has any hope of repairing his shattered betrothal. When the stubborn Lily refuses to admit she even wrote the pamphlet, let alone consent to printing a retraction ...more
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Ashlyn Macnamara
A light-hearted romp. I love how the heroine is not a woman to sit back and let things happen to her. She's in financial difficulty so she takes charge of that situation by publishing a scandalous pamphlet. This sets her straight in the hero's path, since the hero's intended reads the pamphlet and cries off their engagement. He's out for a retraction, and if he doesn't get that, he's intent on showing Lily what a proper wedding night ought to be. And of course, the two of them have a past. Great ...more
Lena Diaz
This book doesn't officially come out until September of 2012. BUT I have read the book because the author, Valerie Bowman, is one of my critique partners. This book is funny and sexy, a delightful Regency romp. Valerie's humor reminds me very much of Julia Quinn, with her own unique twist. So, if you like Julia Quinn, add Valerie Bowman to your watch list. This is her debut novel, and there are two more in the series coming after this one.
K.C. Klein
This was a great regency romance. It had all the ingredients, spunky heroine, hot hero, snappy dialogue. Ms Bowman did a great job of not only making her main characters come to life, but also fleshing out her secondary characters. I felt the interaction between the heroine and her sister was right on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if you are a fan of regency romance this is a book you don't want to miss.
Wendy LaCapra
Secrets of a Wedding Night is my favorite type of story: a reunion romance set in the glittering world of Regency London.

Recently widowed Lily has a young sister, a charming dog and two hapless servants all in her care. Broke and struggling, she refuses to give into despair or let anyone know her means are so thinly stretched. She writes a pamphlet warning young women about the horrors that await them in the marriage bed. The pamphlet becomes a sensation and brings her both the satisfaction of e
Nadine Jones
This is the author's debut book. I feel so au courant, reading a debut book and all! :-) And, it makes me very reluctant to be blunt in this review, in case the author is reading it.

This book started out great - words like "delicious!" and "delightful!" spring to mind. Young widowed Lily has always been in love with the handsome, dashing Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton. They had a misunderstanding way back when (you know how these things go) and parted with broken hearts. Now they have crossed p
Laurie Green
She wrote an advice pamphlet for the soon-to-be-wed called Secrets of a Wedding Night.

He's out for revenge after his fiance' reads the pamphlet and calls off their engagement. His plan for revenge? To discover the author and seduce her.

Being a writer and fan of Science Fiction Romance, I don't read many historicals, but this novel was a pure delight. I loved the premise and the characters--a feisty but destitute heroine and an admirable but misguided hero--and completely enjoyed the read.

The b
This has got to be the most predictable book I have read in years. It did not surprise me a single time. Imagine all the clichés (not some, but every single one of them) you've ever read in historical romance novels. Then, multiply them by 10. Add melodrama liberally, and don't forget Big Misunderstandings galore. There, you have read this book.

Around the middle it was better and I quite enjoyed it, but the beginning and -specially- the end felt like a parody of a historical romance. I felt like
Lynn Cahoon
I just finished the ARC for Secrets of a Wedding Night. Wow.

Ms. Bowman weaves a story with focus along with charm. Devon Morgan is the ultimate hero, determined to win but with a real reason that made this reader fall for him. Bowman's heroine is the girl I want to be, even with her problems, Lily's strong and focused. Of course the love scenes are HOT.

Looking forward to more by Ms. Bowman.
Abigail Sharpe
Honestly, I melted every time Hero Devin looked at Heroine Lily. There's something about warm brown eyes that really gets me.

Cute, fast-paced story with unpredictable twists to the normal regency plot lines. Well done and highly recommended!
Virginia Boylan
I devoured this book. Compelling situation with an intriguing mystery to the main characters' mutual past that unfolded naturally through the story. I could identify with the heroine and loved the hero. Brava, author Valerie Bowman!
Ella Quinn
Great read. I loved the back and forth between the main characters. Ms. Bowman did a wonderful job with her secondary characters as well. All in all, this was a fun sexy read and I'm looking forward to her next book
More like 4.5 stars... brilliant debut.. cannot wait for the next book in this series.
I've read some of Valerie Bowman's historicals as part of her Playful Brides series. So I decided to give Secrets of a Wedding Night a try since it was her debut novel. I found it to be decent, but there were definitely issues that she worked out in her later works.

The main characters are Lily, a widowed countess, and Devon, a possible impoverished lord. During Lily's first season, these two flirted and thought they would end up married. But, a multitude of circumstances resulted in Lily marryin
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, the first book in Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides series, is a delightful tale of secrets, seduction and second chances, written with warmth, wit and style.

The things I love about this book:

Sexy, confident, strong, compassionate but stubborn hero ~

Society sees Devon as a gambler, a drinker and a rake. The reality is very different. Using his skill with numbers, Devon has accumulated a large fortune at the gaming tables and invested it wisely. Now he gambles in the squa
Bowman is a debut author, and like most new writers in general, there were some problems with the story line. More on that, later. This is a great debut novel because it clips along at a good pace, only gets bogged down about 3/4 of the way through. The main characters are strong, witty, and generally likable. The secondary characters were wonderful. They brought texture to the story, and didn't detract, as secondary characters are sometimes wont to do.

The biggest problem was too much navel gaz
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Our book begins with widow Lily Andrews attempting to find money in her account books that don't exist. Lily, her sister Anne, their butler and one maid have lived off of 10 pounds a year for the past 5 years and the money is just not enough. Lily's good friend James Medford is sponsoring Anne's debut ball but they still need money to eat! The ironic thing is that everyone in the ton is under the impression that she's rich. Not soon after the book begins Lily is visited by her old beau, Devon Mo ...more
J. Lynne
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**Actual Rating**: 4.5 stars
**Book Format**: eBook

This is one of the beset historical romances I've ever had the pleasure of reading. While it contains all the aspects necessary to make it "historical", the plot was one-of-a-kind. I've never heard of seducing people talked of so shamelessly in the times of the London ton, but I'm not complaining. Anything that inspired such an adorable blend of comedy, romance, and heartbreak deserves my
Secrets of a Wedding Night BLG11.18.2012
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I am so excited to read and write about this much awaited book. Congratulations Valerie, it so reflects your vibrant, humourous personality!

Who knew a little pamphlet could become the Pandora's Box of this London season. It is an informational booklet, written anonymously, about the horrors of marriage, specifically the wedding night. It has spread fear in virgins throughout the city. No one knows the author's identity...except Devon Morg
Secrets of a Wedding Night was a fabulous and exciting read with a dazzling cover. I adored how each character seemed real with faults all their own. The storyline flowed and held my attention. Thus begins the romance of one sexy hero who was determined to do the right thing. Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton had found the perfect wife to marry. But his intended cries off the marriage because of a scandalous pamphlet titled "Secrets of a Wedding Night" that was sent to her. He heard rumors tha ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 27, 2015 11:05AM  
  • A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight, #1)
  • One Naughty Night (The Scandalous St. Claires, #1)
  • How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
  • Sweet Enemy (Veiled Seduction, #1)
  • Wicked Nights With a Proper Lady (Dangerous Rogues, #1)
  • Sins of a Virgin (Sinners Trio, #1)
  • When She Said I Do (Worthington, #1)
  • A Woman Made for Pleasure (Promises Trilogy, #1)
  • A Most Scandalous Proposal
  • Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1)
  • Pleasures of a Tempted Lady (Donovan Sisters, #3)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • More Than a Stranger (Sealed With a Kiss, #1)
  • When She Was Wicked (Honeycote, #1)
  • The Dark Lady (Mad Passions, #1)
  • Loving Lady Marcia (House of Brady, #1)
  • The Casanova Code (The Rake Patrol, #1)
  • The Runaway Countess (Nottinghamshire, #1)
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h
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Other Books in the Series

Secret Brides (6 books)
  • A Secret Proposal (Secret Brides, #1.5)
  • Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2)
  • A Secret Affair (Secret Brides #2.5)
  • Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (Secret Brides, #3)
  • It Happened Under The Mistletoe (Secret Brides, #3.5)
The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides, #1) Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2) The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides, #2) Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (Secret Brides, #3) The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides, #3)

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